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As I get ready to bring kaiser to a summer kick off festival at the waterfront, full of food, music, goodies to buy, and tons of people, it reinforces my friends' opinion that I'm a crazy dog person and can't go anywhere without at least one of my furbabies.

Now, I'm not complaining. I love being a crazy dog person. Heck, I'm all for well trained, well adjusted and socialized dogs. Yes kaiser has some funky aggression thing going on with male dogs right now... but even in crowds like the one we will be in today I can succesfully manage the response and take every opportunity to train when possible. Hes actually improving too.

At any rate, it got me wondering. At what point are we going overboard with our dogs? Is there a point? Yes, continued training is always essential, but do we REALLY need to take the dogs every where they are allowed? We go to home depot and lowes just because. We find dog friendly restaurants. We go to the farmers market. Etc etc etc.

Is there a line where enough is enough?

I've discovered that I find great joy in showing off Kaiser. Its not just being able to be out and about but its that we can be advocates for the breed.

Maybe in my case, since i dont have many dog activities at my fingertips, I'm finding ways to compensate.

What about you? What do you think?

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I love taking Lucca everywhere he is allowed to go. I look for reasons to go to Home Depot and I started buying dog food from Big R for no other reason than I can bring Luc with me (I used to order online as it's cheaper). I can't wait for the summer activities I'll be able to bring him to- farmer's market, monthly street festivals, rodeo week events, county fair, not to mention hiking, fishing & road trips. I just feel more comfortable & at ease with a dog by my side and I have always wanted a dog that I can take anyplace. Sadly my rescue mutt has never really enjoyed "town activities"- she hates crowds and people.
 

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I think it depends. I actively seek out dog friendly places for new experiences; Finn was born up north and we had no beaches. When we moved, I actively sought a dog friendly beach for the experience.

I also think it depends on the dog. Cheyenne never met an animal or human she didn't like, so taking her out to various places for "socialization" wasn't needed. For her, it would just have been another place to get people to love on her. For Finn as a SAR dog, he needs to be comfortable around many different types of people, so we take advantage of every socialization opportunity we can.
 

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Off topic but I see people saying their GSD's are allowed at Home Depot or Lowes?? Is that just dependent on where you live. They aren't allowed in my local HD or Lowes. Wish they were....
 

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My dogs go pretty much everywhere with me... anywhere I can take them, I do. I even brought them to work when I was at my old place of employment. Now I can't but would if I could. ;)
 

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Off topic but I see people saying their GSD's are allowed at Home Depot or Lowes?? Is that just dependent on where you live. They aren't allowed in my local HD or Lowes. Wish they were....
They aren't allowed in mine either. :(
I got pretty jealous when I read that.

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I am cautious right now about taking Mia (8 months) public, indoor places because she's suddenly turned into submissive pee'er. We're trying to get that under control and work on her excitement level around new people before we take her in places.
 

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For us the bottom line is that we love spending time with our dogs. I know that people in our lives think we go are "extreme" dog owners because our lives pretty much revolve around our dogs much like most people's lives center on their children. We don't feel like we have to take our dogs everywhere with us and we aren't interested in showing them off, we simply want to be with them because it makes us happy.

So to answer the question, I don't think there is a point where a person goes overboard with their dogs. As long as they aren't breaking any laws or hurting anyone, its their choice.
 

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I take Tess a lot of places with me....but, I don't understand taking dogs to places like a street art fair, or other places with a lot of blacktop. The crowds are usually heavy, it's probably hot,and I just don't see why a dog would enjoy it. I guess before I take Tess anywhere I think about what she'll get out of it, not just that I like having her with me. I don't like being in crowded places with a lot of dogs, there are too many irresponsible owners that take poorly trained dogs in public. (I also never took my kids to similar places when they were to young to enjoy it..)
 

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I try to take Gypsy out as much as possible, so long as it isn't going to be overwhelming for her. She sometimes goes with me to work and sleeps on the lab floor. I have mixed feelings about taking her downtown. On the one hand, she enjoys the walking and the outdoor dining. On the other hand, if there are other dogs around she gets reactive and starts barking her head off. She goes from zero to 100 in two seconds. I haven't figured out yet how to handle this and I wonder if it is unacceptable to take a dog in public if there is a 10% chance she will suddenly become a noisy jerk!

Most people love her, though, and she likes being pet by all types. She gets biscuits whenever we go to the bank or the feed store and is completely well-behaved.

I think dogs should get to experience as much of life as possible without over stimulating them. The backyard and the living room comprise such a tiny slice of reality, and I think most dogs thrive from having to mentally process novel situations.


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I used to take my dog everywhere with me until I realized that some of the time I was doing it for me and it was actually boring, hot or stressful for my dog. Now I really think about it and sometimes I take Rafi and sometimes I leave him home.

For example, I could have taken my dog to the farmer's market this morning but I didn't because it was hot and humid and it is packed full of people and dogs and I also needed to go to the grocery store (and couldn't leave him in the truck in this weather).
 

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I think that if I leave Fiona home, she will miss me. She does the whining and barking at me while I go to the stairs and to the car. She is on the patio. When I return you would think she thought I was never coming back. I think this is separation anxiety on her part. So I take her everywhere, but I do think about, do I really need Fiona with me to go get a burger at in & out? Her trainer said to leave her home once in a while because constantly having to be on is too much work for a dog.


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I don't plan to go places frequently just because dogs CAN go, but if I'm going and they're allowed, or it's a festival, etc. then yes, I'm bringing at least one. If you enjoy it and they enjoy it and it's safe and happy then there's no reason not to. I usually have dogs with me about 90% of the time I'm away from the house. Going to the grow shop? Sir rides with. Work? Recon and Frag come with. Pet store? Boarder/trainer or a random dog comes with. Plus all of the dog classes I have throughout the week. :) Makes my life whole and gives me a lot of training opportunities and educational opportunities.
 

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its summer and on the weekends the Gf and I go here and there, and there is at least 2 with us where ever we go, even if its just to go shopping, as long as its not too hot out, last weekend we were at a concert, she had all 3 of her Afghans, and i had Max, we were sitting on a bench near a street corner, and a lady stopped by to admire Max, then she asked the GF is she could move the Afghans out of the way so she could have her picture taken with Max, best laugh i had in years
 

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I have social anxiety issues and my dogs really help calm me down and focus on them rather than getting stressed out. I do try and take my pup wherever is possible that isn't stressful for them. Since my husband and I don't have kids and love being outdoors we try and center a lot of our activity on doing things the dogs like - parks, hiking, beaches, etc.

For me it's just not as much fun to go somewhere without my dogs, even our last few vacations have been planned with a dog in mind. When we went to Arizona in April I brought my GSD, we went camping... even took him to a drive through zoo where dogs were allowed! He was super curious about the wolves! We had such a great time and didn't miss not be able to do the 'human' only stuff.


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Ollie watching the wolves outside our car!

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I think it's our choice, if we're enjoying ourselves then I don't really care about what someone thinks. It's what makes me happy and get's me get out more. Granted I still go out with my husband for date nights and fun things we like to do where dogs are not allowed but the majority of the things we do is with the dogs. No one in my family is like me when it comes to my pets and they all probably think I'm nuts but oh well. :D
 

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RAfi does have separation anxiety and if I take him everywhere with me or spend too much time at home it gets worse. I have to keep everything low key. He is very well behaved in public, no problems with other dogs, loves people, etc. and he travels with me whenever possible but sometimes it's easier for me and for him not to take him.

Another example is arts festivals. I see people with their dogs at all of the arts festivals here and the dogs are usually looking hot and miserable. There is no shade, they are walking on hot pavement, people are crammed in like sardines and they certainly don't get anything out of stopping and looking at all of stuff in the booths.

I think I might feel differently if I was away from home many hours a week but I mainly am able to work from home, walk him at least 2 hours every time, spend time outside with him and the cats, etc. so he does get plenty of time with me.
 

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Just took my boy to Lowe's with me today, as a matter of fact. :). I do take him everywhere I can... He truly loves going in the car and just being out and about with me.. Even if I'm just running up to get fast food from somewhere, he goes. But, then again, it's just me & my dog here, so he also keeps me company. :)
 

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I've not met a dog who wouldn't rather be with his/her owner even if it's hot and miserable.
 

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I take Tess a lot of places with me....but, I don't understand taking dogs to places like a street art fair, or other places with a lot of blacktop. The crowds are usually heavy, it's probably hot,and I just don't see why a dog would enjoy it. I guess before I take Tess anywhere I think about what she'll get out of it, not just that I like having her with me. I don't like being in crowded places with a lot of dogs, there are too many irresponsible owners that take poorly trained dogs in public. (I also never took my kids to similar places when they were to young to enjoy it..)
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IF dogs are allowed, and IF your dog is reliably well behaved, and IF it's something that your dog would enjoy, I see nothing wrong with taking them everywhere that you can.
 

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Berlin goes everywhere I go, that he can. I have taken him to work, but it's not a regular habit. I do take him to ice cream places, with me when I am running errands. Most places I go are dog friendly though ; i.e. forest preserves, pet stores, etc.

He loves car rides, and would rather be with me, than at home alone.
 
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